It's underground and it is cricket

Blackpool Citizen: Threlkeld and Caldbeck cricket clubs take part in the world's first underground cricket match inside Fleetwith Pike. Threlkeld and Caldbeck cricket clubs take part in the world's first underground cricket match inside Fleetwith Pike.

The world's first underground cricket match has taken place in a slate mine under a mountain.

Village cricket teams from Threlkeld and Caldbeck took to the crease at Honister Slate Mine, a network of 11 miles of underground tunnels inside Fleetwith Pike in Cumbria .

The match was arranged as a fundraiser after Threlkeld lost their pitch due to flooding.

Players included farmers, shopkeepers, caravan site owners, outdoor pursuit instructors and cafe owners, taking to the "field" for the game, held in a floodlit cavern 2,000ft below ground.

The match was won by Caldbeck after they scored 28 runs with one over and four balls to spare.

Threlkeld cricket team's previous "Extreme Cricket" matches have included playing on a frozen wicket on a tarn, on a mountain and underwater in the River Derwent.

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